# Linear Transformations hints

1. Feb 5, 2010

### Precursor

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Let u = (1,2), v = (3,1) and T: $$R^{2}\rightarrow R$$ be a linear transformation such that T(u)= 4 and T(v)= 5. What is T(-3, 4)? (Hint: Write (-3,4) as a linear combination of u and v.)

2. Relevant equations
T(x)= b

3. The attempt at a solution
I don't really know where to start. I know I have to write (-3,4) as a linear combination of u and v, but what do I do from there?

2. Feb 5, 2010

The vectors u and v form a basis for R^2, since they're linearly independent (and there is two of them). So, you can write any vector in R^2 as their linear combination, with some coefficients α, β, so, for xome vector x (in your case (-3, 4) ), you have x = α u + β v. Now, what does T(x) equal to?

3. Feb 5, 2010

### Precursor

So I determined α = 3 and β = -2 using your method. I was then able to solve for T(-3,4) = 2.

Is this correct?

4. Feb 5, 2010